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Testing Rig

Hardware
CPU
Intel Pentium 3 700 @ 980MHz
Heatsink & Fan
Vantec FCE-62540D
Motherboard
Asus CUSL2 rev 1.02 w/1009 BIOS (provided by AD of K)
Memory
Mushkin 128MB CAS2 PC133 (256MB total)
Hard Drive
IBM 30GB 75GXP 7200 RPM ATA100

CD-ROM

Plextor 16-10-40 CD-RW
Sound Card
SB Live! Value
Video Card
Creative Labs Annihilator2 32MB (220Mhz Core, 367Mhz Mem)

Greaseware
Arctic Silver
Optimized For Small Contact Area (provided by highspeedpc)
Nanotherm
Ice & Blue (provided by ESG Associates)

Software
Operating System
Windows ME
Video Drivers
Detonator 14.10 Beta
Application
From 3DMark2001: default benchmark at 1024x768@32bpp.
Temperature Utility
Motherboard Monitor 5.08

Results
Temperature
Nanotherm Ice
Nanotherm Blue
Arctic Silver
CPU High
118º F
118º F
118º F
CPU Low
89º F
89º F
89º F
CPU Avg
107º F
107º F
111º F
Case High
86º F
86º F
87º F
Case Low
73º F
73º F
78º F
Case Avg
80º F
80º F
84º F

Conclusion

When a company manages to create a product that edges out the best and achieves that goal at a total lower cost, there is a need to shout its praises! Scott and I worked hard (well, mostly Scott... ;-) ) to assure you this brand new line of greaseware is simply that best without resorting to extreme measures. The total overall average drop in CPU temp under heavy load was a whopping 4ºF. This is quite an accomplishment considering how well established Arctic Silver has become. Nanotherm Ice & Blue plainly bests Arctic Silver and does so at reduced price. As a system administrator at a technical college, Nanotherm will be used exclusively on all my boxes. How's that for a recommendation?

William Yaple
08/25/01

 





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